Tennessee Traveler underground Knoxville

KNOXVILLE, Tn(WVLT)--Everything from condos, art galleries and restaurants line North Gay Street. But not always. .

Developer David Dewhurst took Alan Williams on a tour of underground Knoxville.
"In 1919, they raised the level of Gay Street, basically a full story to basically connect Summit
Hill to the viaduct over the railroad tracks.
That was the original sidewalk down there and it created a cavity when they did this back in 1919 and buried
all those first story storefronts that are now basements for these buildings."

David's latest project took Alan down a long hallway. "This is a long corridor here, I had no idea this was redeveloped like it is, and what is this over here?
"There's alot of different offices and residences as you go all the way down through here."

Who knew?

"So many people will be living down here, as odd as that sounds!
"What is this? this is a live working area down here, you can live or work out of it you can do what you want, the beauty of loft living no constraints to
tell you what you have to do."

Perhaps the most interesting area is at the corner of Jackson and Gay. About 100 years ago it was called the "Three Feathers Saloon and Shooting Gallery.
"We're turning the old storefront which was like it was here originally and for the next several years will be a residence.
It looks like urban blight, but it's about to be urban cool, but oddly will be one of the most interesting places downtown, once we get
to tackle this appropriately."

Outside it's already taking shake with a terraced garden continuing to work up Jackson Avenue. It will take a couple of years to complete

"People crave the authentic, the different and the unique, we've got that all bottled up down here."

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